Victories for the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke
Newsletter May 6, 2004
1. Victory in Ireland
Cian O'Callaghan, an activist in Ireland, sent good news that Ireland's third college, the National College of Art and Design, had voted to remove Coca-Cola products from the campus. The first college to take a stand was University College Dublin followed by Trinity College.
Cian's report stated:
"Students in the National College of Art and Design Ireland voted by a margin of almost 2 to 1 to boycott Coca Cola products on Wednesday April 28th. The college located on Dublin's Thomas Street has 600 students and the decision means that the college will remove all the Coca Cola vending machines.
"Although a small college, this victory for the boycott campaign represents a significant breakthrough in Ireland because it is the first instance of a student vote leading to the college taking action to remove Coca-Cola products. In previous instances, in UCD and Trinity, a student vote led to the removal of the product from the student union-owned shops as well as from the student bar and from the student centre in UCD, but not from facilities which weren't directly under student control.
"All the best,
Congratulations Cian and students in Ireland.
2. Victory at Park Slope Food Coop
The General Meeting of the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn, NY, with a membership of over 10,500 adults, passed a resolution last week that removed Coke products from its shelves. The resolution stated: "RESOLVED that the Park Slope Food Coop severs all ties with The Coca-Cola Co., its units and subsidiaries and will no longer sell the company's products, which have "The Coca-Cola Co." logo on the packaging or are advertised as Coca-Cola products, such as, Odwalla or Minute Maid products." The reasons are attached to the resolution which can be found on our website at: www.killercoke.org/psfcres.php.
Numerous supporters have been asking us about a list of Coke's products, of which there are more than 300. Coke's Brands
3. Rutgers University
Rutgers University in New Jersey, a university with 51,000 students, has developed a strong campaign at their New Brunswick and Newark campuses. Below is a link to a recent article about their campaign:
Home News Tribune, "Putting Coke on ice? Human-rights activists want Rutgers to end beverage deal," by Sarah Greenblatt, May 2, 2004